Cobram Barooga region's service clubs and local economy set to boon as hundreds expected to attend 'Pickers and Packers' ball.ROB HENSON May 22, 2014 3:36am
Ute beauty: Local ute enthusiasts and Cobram Apex Club secretary Adrian Salter and president Scott Gleeson prepare for a B&S Ball at Koonoomoo Recreation Reserve.
The Cobram Barooga region’s first B&S ball in decades will be staged at Koonoomoo Recreation Reserve next month.
Cobram Barooga Apex Club will host the inaugural Koonoomoo Pickers and Packers Charity Ball and hopes to attract up to 600 ‘bachelors and spinsters’ from Victoria’s north-east and beyond.
Apex secretary and ball chairman Adrian Salter said the club had taken ‘‘a leaf out of the book of some of the other clubs in the area’’.
‘‘It’s an idea that’s been kicking around the club for a while, and the club’s been looking for another big event to put on,’’ Mr Salter said.
Combining with other service clubs in the area, Mr Salter said it was hoped the event would be a large annual fundraiser.
“Hopefully it generates lots of money.
‘‘Any profits go back to the club to go into community events, or other things in the community.’’
Mr Salter said estimates of 400 to 600 people were ‘‘conservative’’ for the first ball.
‘‘We’re trying to prove the concept then expand from then on.’’
Mr Salter said the last event of its kind was the Cobram Corroboree, which was more an extension of the renowned Peaches and Cream Festival.
‘‘That wound down because of the larger festivals, the Big Day Outs and other festivals, but the amount of money that used to pour in was massive.
‘‘This is something similar .
For $100 a ticket (pre-paid, or $120 at the gate) attendees receive drink tickets, free food and a live band all night and a recovery breakfast the morning after.
‘‘Once upon a time, B&S (balls) were a no-holds barred party,’’ Mr Salter said.
‘‘These days with liquor licensing it has to be more managed in terms of alcohol and behaviour.’’
Mr Salter said the event was getting a strong positive response after it was announced on social media, which included a competition to name the event.
“It’s (a B&S ball) very colourful, there’s nothing quite like it. It’s also about country areas having their own identity.
‘‘We’re hoping the community really makes it their own.’’
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